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American Center kicks off International Education Week in HCM City

Update: November, 17/2016 - 09:00
The US Consulate’s American Center in HCM City on Monday kicked off International Education Week, a joint initiative of the US Department of State and US Department of Education. — Photo doanhnghiepvahoinhap.net

HCM CITY — The US Consulate’s American Center in HCM City on Monday kicked off International Education Week, a joint initiative of the US Department of State and US Department of Education.

The annual initiative, which ends on November 18, promotes understanding and support of international educational exchanges.

Education Week, which highlights programmes that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment, also showcases programmes that attract future leaders from abroad to study in the US.

At a press meeting held on Monday in HCM City, US Consul General Mary Tarnowka said that Việt Nam was the sixth leading source of foreign students studying at US higher education institutions.

The number of Vietnamese students increased from 18,722 students in 2015 to 21,403 in 2016, according to the annual Open Doors Report, published by the Institute of International Education with support from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Of the 21,403 Vietnamese students studying in the US, 60 per cent are using personal and family funds.

Việt Nam also maintained its position as the top source country of students in Southeast Asia. The strong increase in Vietnamese students shows continued conviction by students and parents that a US degree is a sound investment in their future careers, the US Consul General said.—VNS

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